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7/1/17 4:54 A

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A ton of great suggestions and recommendations in this thread. I am slowly making my way through old and outdated threads here and longing for days of popularity on this forum, which is probably why I took the abandoned leadership role. It seems the active days are well in the past, the app not giving access to the forums being one of the culprits perhaps?

I am slowly making my way through the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon which is a fantasy that crosses the line with historical fiction. I am on book 6 of the 8 that are written and they are all very very long. Book 6 is 1400 pages, A Breath of Snow and Ashes. I have given every one the highest rating of 5 stars on Goodreads so far.

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4/24/16 7:26 A

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All really good suggestions Thanks!

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."-- Oscar Wilde

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"'A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,' said Jojen. 'The man who never reads lives only once.'"--George R R Martin


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10/25/12 11:11 A

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Thanks--needed some more recommendations!

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I thought someone had recommended this before but...apparently not. An oversight that needs to be corrected.

Brent Weeks' Night Angel trilogy. Gritty in a not over the top, every suffers horrifically and then dies sort of way (I'm looking at you GRRM.) with truly engaging characters.

I also recently read The Black Prism, the first book in his Lightbringer series, and found I enjoyed that just as much if not more than the Night Angel books.

Oh. And have I mentioned Good Omens quite enough yet? No? Go. Read it now. My favorite book of all time.

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7/27/12 10:27 A

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I'm a huge fan of David Eddings.

The Belgariad and The Mallereon series.

Then move on to The Elenium and the The Tamuli series.

Skip the The Dreamers series (I barely got through the first book, seemed that two completely different stories are being told and instead of a rewrite, they just tried to fix it on the fly)

The Belgarath and Polgara books are good also...even though they are technically a prequel, they really need to be read after both series.

I also enjoy the Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust

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7/26/12 10:45 A

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The first three books of that series are pretty amazing. 4 and 5 bring the series back to the pack some. In my opinion, the dominant reason it is ranked so high in that list is the HBO series Game of Thrones just came out during the survey and is really good itself. Looking at the list again, it is probably better situated around the Wheel of Time's rank.

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7/26/12 10:34 A

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Turns out I have (but have never read)
A Song Of Ice And Fire Series
Which is #5 on the list you linked... I guess I know what I'm reading next :)

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7/19/12 6:38 P

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Hello!
I am a serious re-reader. I like to read my 'library' over and over again and only rarely add new books to my collection. As such I am excited about joining the group challenge to read a member suggested book and am hoping to getting some new favorites!

Here are a few of my favorites:
The Halfblood Chronicles: (Elvenbane, Elvenblood, Elvenborn)
by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey
The series describes the struggles between elven masters, their human slaves, the forbidden (and powerful) halfbloods and the reclusive shape-changing dragons.

Robin Hobb's
Farseer Trilogy, (Assassin's apprentice, Royal assassin, assassin's quest.)
Liveship Traders Trilogy, (Ship of magic, mad ship, ship of destiny)
and Tawny man Trilogy. (fool's errand, golden fool, fool's fate)
(There are more but those are the ones I have and have read.) These series follow a royal bastard who happens to be the turning point for the fate of the world. (Grandiose but normal right?) While Magic and dragons do make appearances throughout these books the biggest pull for me was the ability some had to bond (share thoughts and at times bodies) with an animal companion. The Farseer Trilogy is the best of the three IMO but if you enjoy it, the others are worth a look as they continue the story.

The Guardians of the Flame Series
by Joel Rosenberg
(The Sleeping Dragon , The Sword and the Chain, The Silver Crown,The Heir Apparent, The Warrior Lives,The Road to Ehvenor, The Road Home, Not Exactly the Three Musketeers, Not Quite Scaramouche, and one more so far I haven't read yet, the prisoner of Zenda.)
Ah, the age-old story of boy meets girl, boy invites girl to a D&D game, D&D game becomes reality, girl is pissed at boy as they have to use magic and go berserk while battling slavers and dragons and pixies to return home. But who REALLY wants to return home when a world of magic exists??? and is it even possible?

The Death Gate Cycle
by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
(Dragon Wing, Elven Star, Fire Sea, Serpent Mage, The Hand of Chaos, Into the Labyrinth, The Seventh Gate)
Basically a group of magicians split our world into it's elements and throw their enemies into a prison but then the magicians disappear. Those thrown into the prison have begun to escape after many years but are faced with the mystery of the elemental worlds filled with elves, dwarves, dragons and more, the disappearance of those who locked them away, a bumbling old man who isn't what he seems and also a dog. For those who are fans of the dragon lance series and remember fizban you'll have a fun little treat in the appearance of zifnab! Zifnab also makes references to loads of other fantasy and sci-fi books including LOTR, star wars, the Wizard of Oz and more!

And my last suggestion for now:
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (continued by Brandon Sanderson)
The final battle between good and evil is upon us... another grandiose saga of a simple farm boy become savior. With the last book expected out January 2013, now is the time to start reading this 14 book series. (11,000 pages) It's hard for me to describe this series. How would I explain LOTR though?... I mean really, it's a story about a couple of journeys, first to obtain a ring, then to destroy a ring. This much larger series is about the journeying of the main characters (of which there are a FEW!) as they collect the stuff they have to collect, destroy the stuff they have to destroy and pretty much all fall into position for the final battle. Also once again some characters can connect with animals to share their thoughts and speak to them. I really dig that :) I do miss that there aren't dragons in this series however, that's usually a big factor for me. But there is magic and adventure!

I suppose that's plenty for now. Happy Reading!

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7/18/12 6:41 A

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I have been working my way around this list some and have not been disappointed as well.

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7/17/12 9:02 P

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I have a few series I would definitely recommend.
1 - The Elemental Masters Series by Mercedes Lackey
2 - The Obsidian Trilogy (followed by The Enduring Flame Trilogy) by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
3 -The Wheel in Time Series by Robert Jordan
4 - True Blood books (I think its called the Sookie Stackhouse series) by Charlene Harris

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7/16/12 7:35 A

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I just started the Demon Cycle Series by Peter Brett. The first book is titled The Warded Man. The author is on the third book of five I believe.

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7/12/11 4:17 P

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I had not realized until recently that Piers Anthony had added to the Incarnations series (past the first five). I have been trying to find them but haven't. Maybe if I get a ereader they will be available. And its rather depressing that Foster finished the Flinx series after 30 years. I hope he possibly will continue it.

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I have several series that I have followed over the years:

Incarnations of Immortality - Piers Anthony Interesting view of "Gods"
Valdamar series by Mercedes Lackey
MYTH & MYTHing Link by Robert Aspirin - just fun read.
Darkover by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Dragonriders of Pern - Anne McCaffery

More Science Fiction than Fantasy
Flinx by Dean Foster

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Hi,

This is a thread for recommendations. You can recommend book, series, authors or even good transfers to audio books. I will start:

a few years ago I stumbled upon a fantasy book written by someone I would not have expected to have written fantasy: The Sunset Warrior by Eric Van Lustbader.
Even if it is a fairly unknown fantasy series I found it worth the time to read. I do have to give you a warning, the reviews are very scattered, so there are those that can't stand it.

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